The Amorettes

Female rock bands have always been a controversial point with many people, and when asking people to name a female rock star people will always answer with Suzi Quattro or Joan Jet. Good female rock musicians are few and far between or perhaps don’t get the credit they deserve. Personally I think the world would be a sad place without girls rocking gigs and the Amorettes certainly do not disappoint.

The girls recently performed at the Giants of Rock weekend at Butlins, Minehead and within our own group of friends there was a divide between whether to watch the girls instead of the Choirboys.

There was a rumour going round that the Amorettes wouldn’t be performing until the following day and this effected the numbers in the audience, I stayed around just in case as I was keen to see them. After the Yardbirds and Black star riders they had a lot to live up to but ended up finishing the night on a high. The best way of describing the girls is a high energy rock band with a real rock attitude. There was a sea of rock ‘n’ roll salutes and mobile phones throughout the show which displayed the fan’s appreciation for the girls. They were getting something right and the crowd were buzzing.

This is the first time I have seen the Amorettes but I soon felt familiar with their music and this left me wanting more. Hot and Heavy and Whoot Woo, were an instant hit for me and I have played them many times since. Hannah kept a nice high energy beat to the band and was constantly perfect throughout the performance. Gillian is the lead singer and plays guitar, her performance is quiet static but she has a rock star quality. Heather is a bass player and her performance style was the opposite, she is a lively performer and her performance was memorising. Gillian and Heather stage presence complimented each style very well. If you ever want to see a female rock band these girls are a must.

Thomas Ford

It’s been nearly two years since I first saw Thomas Ford perform at my local pub in Chippenham, Wiltshire. I’ve always had a fondness of blues music, but watching Thomas set up his equipment in the corner of the dimly lit bar, I didn’t quite know what to expect. It was a local’s wedding party that evening, and the bar was far quieter than normal. “So you’re the people that weren’t invited to the wedding then?” greeted Thomas.

The one man blues performance that followed however, was truly amazing and I was surprised. Accompanied by raw, earthy vocals and an intriguing character, Thomas Ford made a lasting impression on me. Blues has always been close to my heart, but I have only admired it through the interpretations of some of my favourite rock bands; Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Although it may not be a genre I know too much about, it was immediately evident to me that Thomas Ford was special. I was excited to come across such talent almost by accident, and when I found out he had recorded a new album last month I couldn’t wait to hear it.

“Everything I hate about you” caught my attention straight away and I couldn’t help but turn up my speaker as the introduction to the song transported me to another era entirely. The sarcasm and satire frustrations that comes across in the lyrics are both dark and hilarious, “Well I burried my head, just like I’m going to bury you.” It’s no surprise this is the song Thomas chose to showcase on his website

“Don’t pay them no mind” is my favourite song of the album. The saxophone and organ compliment Thomas’ vocals and harmonica playing beautifully. His lyrics are both witty and clever, “I’ve never met a junkie who’s happy, but I’ve never met a fat man who cried..”

“Everybody wants the same” is another interesting song lyrically. A reflection on the things that truly matter to society being dependant on the needs of the vast majority. Even the increasing popularity of all things retro is now somehow ruining their true meaning and destroying their own individuality. “Trying to keep things alive, but you know you’re killing them from the inside..

There’s something nostalgic and endearing about Thomas Ford’s music. When I listen to this album it brings to life traditional delta blues in a way that could only be improved if it were played on vinyl by my1970s style purpose built record player. I remember Thomas’ charismatic tales from the first night I heard him perform live and would love to hear what he’d have to say about this song in particular (and my record player).

​Scott Freeman and the Tokyo Sex Whales​

It’s a late Saturday afternoon in the Jumpin’ Jaks venue at Butlins, Minehead. Rock fans gather to the introduction stage in the hope of discovering new talent and perhaps ease the hangover of the night before with a quiet pint. The second annual Giants of Rock Music weekend has already proved to be a great success. With impressive performances from Black Star Riders and The Yardbirds the night before, the bar has been set high for the rest of the artist due to perform that weekend. But now it’s a chance for music fans to relax and take a break from the head liners with the hope of finding something new.

Daytona Catchups have done a fantastic job of warming up the crowd and now it’s four guys from Winchester’s turn to take to the stage as Scott Freeman and the Tokyo Sex Whales. The band name may be a little strange but the band are certainly not. The raw energy of their front man is enough to grab the attention of the crowd forcing everyone to take notice. This is a big opportunity for Scott and the band and they are determined to do all they can to leave a lasting impression. His lively energy is immediately evident from the introduction of their first catchy number, quite fittingly titled, ‘A New Spark’. Scott separates himself from many of the other front men performing that weekend with his wild individualism and intriguing lyrics. He’s unique and It’s clear right from the start that he is certainly one to watch.

Scott does an admirable job of engaging the crowd and this is most evident during ‘Same Train Different Departure Times’. It’s not even dark outside yet the crowd are drawn from their seats to the dance floor. This particular song was definitely a highlight for Scott,

“People got out the moves on that one, no better thrill than seeing people dig your music enough to dance. Giants Of Rock was a blast, always love a crowd with personality.”

Scott aims to perform as though each gig is the last he will ever play; delivering an exciting and stimulating performance with enchanting songs and thought provoking lyrics. His talent and raw passion really come to light during ‘Magnet Star’ and it’s hard to believe that he is only 23 years old.

‘Love the way you’re making me feel’ definitely stands out, from the powerful beginning to the catchy chorus. Scott does a remarkable job of getting the crowd involved and it’s not long before everyone is singing along with him. Jim Morrison’esque improvisation and spur of the moment dialogue between the crowd and the rest of the band separate him from the other new acts; reflecting a confidence rarely found in an artist of his age. The band are tight and it’s hard to believe that they have only been performing together for such a short time. Scott clearly has the ability and stage presence to captivate a crowd as a solo artist which he has done previously. His new band however, compliment him perfectly.

The crowd may not have ever heard of Scott Freeman and the Tokyo Sex Whales before, but it’s quite fair to say that this band will be leaving a lasting impression on everyone that was lucky enough to have taken the chance to see them on the introduction stage that afternoon. Impressive, effortless vocals with an exciting stage presence and confidence somewhat lacking from even some of the more accomplished acts performing that weekend; Scott Freeman is a refreshing break from the norm.

Scott Freeman’s album ‘Season Of Blue’ is out now and can be purchased here: ​